False Evidence Appearing Real
I can still remember dropping her off at the airport.
She had just driven across country with me, helping me move into my new apartment and settle in to this new season of my life.
As I hugged my mom goodbye, watched her go through security and then disappear from my site as she headed toward her gate, I realized that I was now on my own.
This is where the training wheels came off and it was just me against the world. Dropping my mom off was the moment I no longer felt a peace in safety and security- this was a new journey.
As I got in my car and started driving towards my new school, the thoughts of fear started to flood over me.
Was this the right decision?
What was I thinking packing up my life in Ontario and moving across the country to Nova Scotia?
What if I could not afford to pay tuition, or rent?
What if I could not find a job to help pay the bills?
What if… what if… what if?
In transitions that lead us into seasons of uncharted territory, fear loves to accompany us and plague us with so many unknowns and doubts. It can stall us in our paths before we ever get started and rob us of amazing opportunities and experiences.
But what if I took a second and considered… what am I feeling fearful of?
What if we broke down fear into what it really is?
What if we were to consider this- what if instead of choosing to believe these thoughts of doubt and fear, we realized that fear is actually a false mindset?
What if in those moments of fear and uncertainty we took a moment to evaluate the thoughts and recognize them for what they are?
Sometimes when we let fear plague and override us we miss opportunities that would benefit us.
When God is doing something new in our lives it definitely can be intimidating and scary; mainly because something new means you have not been there before, and of course you will not know how to navigate it, as you have never been here before.
I love when Joyce Meyer preaches on this topic because she has instilled in me this thought that I take with me into unforeseen times:
“Do it Afraid.”
Some scary things in life are worth doing, and the reality is that there is such a thing as healthy fear.
Here, courage is the key. Knowing we have the courage to do things afraid is pretty major, but the real gem in all of this is that when you are doing things afraid you are not doing it alone.
God tells us that, “…So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
There is comfort in knowing that even when we may be physically alone God is with us and we do not have to live in a mindset of fear because we know God is with us.
Consider some of these steps the next time you may find yourself feeling fearful about taking a step into a new season in life:
- Take one step at a time
- Keep moving
- Stand up to doubt, self doubt and double mindedness (fear of being wrong)
- Share your fear with others so their encouragement can inspire you to keep going
Mind Sets to think through
- Refuse to regret the past or dread the future
- There is power in hope
- Defeat dread
- Know that you are courageous
- Learn to be secure/content
- Know that you are capable of hard things
*Some of these steps stem out of Joyce Meyer’s book, Do it Afraid.